The No.1 Website for Pro Audio
 Search This Thread  Search This Forum  Search Reviews  Search Gear Database  Search Gear for sale  Search Gearslutz Go Advanced
Balanced or Unbalanced? Reverb/Delay Processors (HW)
Old 5th October 2005
Gear Addict
usamike's Avatar

Balanced or Unbalanced?

I have some older gear that I'm wondering about the inputs and outputs? Balanced or Unbalanced?

1) Lexicon LXP-1
2) DBX 163x

Also, does anyone out there ever use the 163x? I have a pair and they're not worth anything so why sell them. I did a session for Ben Grosse a couple months ago and he had a pair. His engineer said they never really use them. I understand Tom Lord-Alge has them too.


Old 5th October 2005
Gear Maniac
Bones's Avatar

Hey Mike.

Lexicon LXP-1 definately unbalanced (in and out).

Unsure about the 163x though.

Old 5th October 2005
Lives for gear
amino's Avatar
It's usually pretty easy to find out. Just put a 1/4" plug slowly in the input or output. If there's a small "stop" about 1/4" or something before it's fully plugged in it's most likely a TRS jack and balanced. If not it's usually an unbalanced TS jack. Only "usually" though. I'm sure there are exceptions.

You can always put the TRS plug of an insert cable in an output as well and put the two other ends on two separate channel on a mixer. If you hear nada then it's balanced. heh heh
Old 25th November 2009
I might be very wrong, but i've heard in my classes here that the difference between good unbalanced and good balanced cables is that noise will increase in unbalanced cables only after 2 meters. Before that, they will sound the same.

Any truth about that? I'm looking for buying a second hand ATB with unbalanced direct outs, But i'm pretty sure the cables will be shorter than 1 meter before getting to the daw. Any problems in audio quality?

cheers from rio.
Top Mentioned Products
Post Reply

Welcome to the Gearslutz Pro Audio Community!

Registration benefits include:
  • The ability to reply to and create new discussions
  • Access to members-only giveaways & competitions
  • Interact with VIP industry experts in our guest Q&As
  • Access to members-only sub forum discussions
  • Access to members-only Chat Room
  • Get INSTANT ACCESS to the world's best private pro audio Classifieds for only USD $20/year
  • Promote your eBay auctions and listings for free
  • Remove this message!
You need an account to post a reply. Create a username and password below and an account will be created and your post entered.

Slide to join now Processing…
Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Similar Threads
Thread Starter / Forum
priley / So Much Gear, So Little Time
thudclakboombap / Geekslutz Forum
Syki / So Much Gear, So Little Time
Dobroman / Geekslutz Forum
GandalftheGrey / So Much Gear, So Little Time

Forum Jump
Forum Jump